Moral combat : how sex divided American Christians and fractured American politics

by Griffith, R. Marie 1967-

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From an esteemed scholar of American religion and sexuality, a sweeping account of the century of religious conflict that produced our culture wars

Gay marriage, transgender rights, birth control--sex is at the heart of many of the most divisive political issues of our age. The origins of these conflicts, historian R. Marie Griffith argues, lie in sharp disagreements that emerged among American Christians a century ago. From the 1920s onward, a once-solid Christian consensus regarding gender roles and sexual morality began to crumble, as liberal Protestants sparred with fundamentalists and Catholics over questions of obscenity, sex education, and abortion. Both those who advocated for greater openness in sexual matters and those who resisted new sexual norms turned to politics to pursue their moral visions for the nation. Moral Combat is a history of how the Christian consensus on sex unraveled, and how this unraveling has made our political battles over sex so ferocious and so intractable.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Griffith offers a carefully reasoned examination of the century-long political and religious controversies over sexuality that color our national character. Her book begins in the 1920s with Margaret Sanger and the battle for birth control, and concludes in the wake of Donald Trump's election as president, which, Griffith argues, revealed the depth of the national divide over gender and sexuality. Between Sanger and Trump, she examines such hot-button issues as censorship of literature and popular entertainment, segregation and race, the Kinsey revolution, sex education in the sixties, the abortion war, sexual harassment at century's end, and same-sex marriage. Throughout, she deplores the virtual civil war that has come to seem such a disheartening and permanent part of our nation's social and political fabric. Given the passions engendered by these controversies on both sides conservative and liberal she demonstrates that comity and compromise are perennially elusive, while consensus seems to be a word in an incomprehensible language. Happily Griffith brings welcome clarity and light to what otherwise might have been impenetrable murkiness.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Religion historian Griffith (American Religions) takes a sweeping look at the roots of today's culture wars over abortion, sexual identity, and the intersection of sexuality and racial differences in this exceptional cultural history. Griffith opens not with the free-wheeling sexual revolution of the 1960s but in the '20s with Margaret Sanger's efforts to make contraception more widely available. Griffith goes on to use D.H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover as her prime example of how sensibilities around sexuality changed dramatically during the 20th century-the novel first appeared in America, abridged, in 1928, and could not be published in full until more than three decades later. With her account of the role played by prominent clergy and religious movements working to liberalize abortion law, Griffith argues that Roe v. Wade is best understood not solely as part of the women's liberation movement but in the context of religious support for abortion rights. Likewise, her account of the theology that justified racial segregation illustrates an area where religious and cultural beliefs clash. Griffith's remarkably comprehensive book will be of interest to scholars and lay readers alike. Agent: Geri Thoma, Writers House. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Catholic Church -- Relations -- Protestant churches.
Christianity and politics -- United States.
Sex -- Political aspects -- United States.
Sex -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Christians -- Political activity -- United States.
Protestant churches -- Relations -- Catholic Church.
United States -- Church history.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xx, 395 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-374) and index.
ISBN 9780465094752
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